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23.08.2018

Tradition and the Spirit of the Times

Alto Adige’s Wineries and Their Architectural Endeavors

The pairing of wine and architecture in Alto Adige can be clearly seen. Over time, Alto Adige’s estate wineries and wine bars have become popular destinations for wine connoisseurs who are also architecture enthusiasts. And Alto Adige’s wineries travel along different paths in this regard. Combining the old with the new and, in this way, developing a contemporary use of forms, or else building anew. The result is some buildings with outstanding architecture.

The forerunner was Alois Lageder. As early as the 1990s, he dedicated himself to sustainability with the new construction of the winery. A building arose with a focus on bioconstruction materials and renewable energy. An integrated concept of living space has shaped the Alois Lageder Estate Winery through this very day.

Also ahead of its time was the J. Hofstätter Estate Winery. As a result of limited space, Martin Foradori Hofstätter decided to build the winery upward, next to the church tower in Termeno. The result is a wooden tower with Gothic influences which, through the sandstone-colored nuances, matches the color of the church tower.

The architectural challenge with the Manincor Estate Winery consisted of carefully expanding the ensemble that was highly worthy of protection in both the cultural and landscape aspects. The architectural team around Walter Angonese from Caldaro and Rainer Köberl from Innsbruck designed a winery which was built completely in the cellar below the vineyards and which borders on the historical manor.

One Alto Adige winery that is captivating through its extraordinary architecture is the Cantina Tramin, which was newly inaugurated in early 2010. Alto Adige architect Werner Tscholl and his team succeeded in building the new winery on existing space without having to sacrifice one single Termeno vine. Today, it almost seems as if the building grows up out of the vineyard landscape. The combination of wood and steel as well as glass and concrete creates an interesting interplay between the traditional and the modern.

The expansion of the CantinaTerlano was also an architectural challenge. For reasons of space, the majority of it was switched to underground. The building was faced with the porphyry that is typical for the area. That rock was also used for the core of the winery, a barrel cellar Sthat was faced with porphyry panels.

The Pfitscher Estate Winery even won an award for its sustainable and climate-friendly construction methods, and several years ago it received the ClimateHouse Wine Certification.

For several weeks now, the Cantina Kaltern has been radiating with a new shine that is alluring above all else because of its functionality and modernity. Architect Jutta Winkler designed the façade and the wine bar, and the Dyco company breathed new life into the offices with their very particular interior design. You will soon be able to read additional information on the winery’s website.

In the latest new construction of Alto Adige’s wineries, namely in the Bolzano Winery, wine will be made for the first time this autumn. The new winery building is being built on a total area of 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) in the Bolzano district of San Maurizio. As a symbol of the wine production, a stylized grapevine leaf is displayed.

Other additional architectural highlights in Alto Adige winegrowing are the Schreckbichl Winery, the Nals Margreid Winery, the Merano Winery, the Kobler Winery, and the Abbazia di Novacella Winery.

And our final tip: Download Alto Adige’s first Architecture Guide and discovering additional interesting facts and figures from the world of Alto Adige wine.
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